My work here in Colombia has taken still another couple of turns, and I am today taking this opportunity to ask for your support.
I hate asking for money - who doesn't, right?! - but that's what I'm doing. I have recently taken on three new projects, and they will each require some additional expenditures on my part. I am now hosting four wonderful indigenous teenagers in my home while they attend the local public school, away from their indigenous village. They are amazing kids and are at the top of their school class already! But teenagers can eat, of course, and I'm their cook now! The second project is an opportunity to 'buy' back an entire valley in la Sierra that has been occupied by squatters and can be returned to its rightful indigenous owners. And the sthirs project involves protecting the environment - and some travel on my part. I have been asked to become involved in the effort to block the la Colosa gold mine being proposed in Tolima, far south of here. The local indigenous peoples and peasant farmers are sitting on some of the richest and most productive farm land in Colombia, and now it is also 'rich' due to its sitting atop what is believed to be a 30 billion dollar (that's billion with a 'B') untapped gold reserve. But mining it will require a combination of explosive strip mining and water-assisted extraction not unlike fracking. It will be a colossal environmental and social disaster, with more negative environmental impact - in my opinion - than the Keystone XL pipeline. And La Colosa is getting virtually no media attention outside Colombia. In fact, activists who have attempted to block the project and shed light on it have somehow 'disappeared.' I promise to be careful, but I am getting involved - I am currently researching and writing a feature article for The Guardian - a global newspaper that has emerged as a champion of environmental reporting. But there will be travel and other expenses involved, of course.
I am inviting my wonderful followers to support my work with a small 'donation' that can be made here my website via a new IndieGoGo.com funding campaign. On the right hand side of the website is a box that says 'Support the Journey' where you can watch a video of me in Colombia and learn much more. Then you can easily use a credit, debit or PayPal account to make a small one-time donation. A donation in any amount will earn you a signed copy of my new book when printed, and an emailed copy of a 5-chapter 'preview' of the book right away - my little 'Thank You' gift in appreciation of your support.
Thank you again all for your continued support. You know I will be posting updates here as things unfold. Gracias y Namaste